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 Fabian Society.Fa’bian Tactics or Policyi.e. delay. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Fabian Soldiers.
A complimentary phrase for Roman soldiers, the bravest of the brave.   1
        “Quem [band of trained soldiers] quidem sic omni disciplina militari [Iphicrtês] erudivit, ut quemadmdum quondam ‘Fabini miltes’ Romani appellati sunt, sic ‘Iphicratenses’ apud Græcos in summa laude fuérint.”—Nepos: Iphicrates, ii.

 Fabian Society.Fa’bian Tactics or Policyi.e. delay. 

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